Monthly Archives: November 2021

Time for Deals – Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

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This year, we've combined our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales into one, 4-day long sale. These deals are too good to miss, with select products up to 70% off. Plus, we're including a free SparkFun USB Thumb Drive (16GB) in every order! But hurry, sale pricing is only valid through Cyber Monday (11/29/21 at 11:59 p.m. MST), or while supplies last.

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Bonus Deal!

Any order placed between 11/26—11/29 will receive a FREE SparkFun USB Thumb Drive (16GB)!

No need to add to cart, but if you'd like more than one, they're on sale!
Note: Free Thumb Drive will be added during shipping and will not show in your cart.


Rules and Information:

  • Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale runs from Friday, November 26 at 12:01 a.m. MST through Monday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
  • SparkFun is closed Friday, November 26th. As such, customer service will not be available until regularly scheduled hours on Monday, November 29th.
  • All orders placed during the sale will receive a free SparkFun USB Thumb Drive (16GB). Do not add the free Thumb Drive to your cart, or you will be charged the sale price for the Thumb Drive. Each order will have a Thumb Drive automatically added to their order during our shipping process.
  • No rainchecks or backorders of sale items are allowed.
  • Orders cannot be combined during the sale.
  • Distributor and reseller accounts are not eligible for sale prices, unless specifically noted otherwise.
  • Information on holiday shipping deadlines are available here.

Please note: We will be working hard to ship as many orders as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee same-day shipping for sale orders. Please allow additional days for sale orders to ship due to increased volume.

P.S. If you're still trying to locate deals after this weekend, we highly recommend keeping tabs on the site next week. You never know when something might just randomly go on sale, wink wink.

Want a heads up on our next holiday surprise?

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Happy Thanksgiving from SparkFun

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Hello everyone outside of the United States! It's that time of year again when those of us, here at SparkFun and elsewhere in the country, take some time to focus on family and give thanks for everything that was provided to us this last year. Now, it may be a little hard to find the good in the last year (and the year before that), but we know that it's there! We wanted to take time in today's post to not only thank YOU for everything you've done to support us this last year, but also to give you a bit of information on how the next few days are going to go.

An oldie but a goody from SparkFun Thanksgiving past...

SparkFun will be closed today, Thursday, November 25, and tomorrow, Friday, November 26, in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. We will resume normal operations on Monday, November 29.

Even though we will be closed tomorrow, we are still going to be posting our Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales information in place of the normal Friday Product Post tomorrow, so please be sure to check back to learn about the deals you can receive! I hear that you might even be able to score a free part whether you like it or not...

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we want to make sure you get your orders on time. Please refer to the shipping methods and dates below to get your order by Friday, December 24th.

We'll be going back to "normal" next week with more new products, more fun and informative blogs, and more of the SparkFun you know and love. Again, THANK YOU for everything you've helped us achieve this year and just know that we appreciate each and everyone of you.

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All About Surveyors

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Over the last year, we have endeavored to create the most affordable, yet highly accurate, real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning options currently available. SparkFun RTK Surveyors are enclosed and ready to use GNSS receivers for millimeter-level positioning - and the best part is, no programming is required! Now, we've created a page that explains the differences in each version and makes it easy to access popular RTK Surveyor resourcces.

Using the built-in Bluetooth connection via an ESP32 WROOM, enables you to use the RTK Surveyors with your choice of GIS applications on a personal phone or tablet. The RTK Surveyors act as an access point to connect with your smartphone or tablet and allow you to tailor a wide range of settings, including measurement rate, constellation choice, logging controls and more.

Whether you need an RTK Surveyor, RTK Express, RTK Express Plus or one of their corresponding kits, we'll help you figure out which one is right for you. We have also created guides and projects that will help teach you how to use each one of the surveyors and accessories you can use alongside them.

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Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale has started!

via Pololu Blog

Our Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale is back! Visit the sale page to see all the available deals and add the necessary coupons to your cart, including special discounts on the new Zumo 32U4 OLED robots we released earlier today. The sale runs through Monday, November 29, and most of the sale coupons can be used on backorders if we happen to run out of stock, but you should still get your orders as soon as possible since production of many items is limited by the global parts shortages, and lead times to make more can be long.

Please note that during the sale, our order fulfillment times might be longer than usual, but we will do our best to get your order shipped as fast as we can. Additionally, we are closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Zumo gets a graphical display too: new Zumo 32U4 OLED Robot!

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Our 3pi+ 32U4 robot got an upgraded OLED display earlier this year, and now it’s the Zumo’s turn with the release of our new Zumo 32U4 OLED Robot!

In many ways, this new version is just like the original Zumo 32U4: it’s a versatile tracked robot designed to be a capable Mini-Sumo competitor, but with enough sensors and extra features to enable lots of other applications. The Zumo 32U4 OLED adds to that versatility by replacing the original LCD (liquid crystal display) with a high-contrast graphical OLED display. With this monochrome 128×64 screen, you can present high-density data displays to help you analyze the Zumo’s status and sensor readings, or you can add some flair to your Zumo by showing eye-catching graphics.

We’ve updated our Arduino library for the Zumo 32U4 to add OLED display support as well as an LCD compatibility layer (the same way we did for the 3pi+), letting you easily convert existing programs to run on the OLED version or write new programs that will work on both old and new robots.

As with the LCD version, the new Zumo 32U4 OLED robot is available as a kit (with motors not included so you can select your own to customize performance) or as a fully assembled robot with your choice of 50:1, 75:1, or 100:1 motor options

Assembled Zumo 32U4 robot.

Assembled Zumo 32U4 OLED robot.

Makin’ Art: "Convivial Machines" at the Museum of Boulder

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Recently, SparkFun sponsored an art exhibit at the Museum of Boulder, “Convivial Machines”, open now through February 6, 2022. The artists are local students, scientists, engineers and creatives that are part of the Boulder Experiments in Art and Technology (B.E.A.T.) meetup. “Convivial Machines” aims to emphasize the tension between the benefits that technology offers with its negative traits such as distraction, disruption, and environmental impact. The exhibit has a “light side” and “dark side” (literally) and has facilitated projects in which people collaborate and connect with each other, technology and nature. It features interactive, digital art, kinetic sculpture, music machines and much more. Let's explore a few of the exhibits.

Fantastical Tape Loop

Fantastical Tape Loop, Cha Cha & Jiffer Harriman, 2021 - photos by Priyanka Makin

Dark Side

"Enter the Dark Side" Door - photos by Priyanka Makin

One piece in the show is a collaborative music arcade built by Sean Winters, Chase Stewart, Jiffer Harriman, Torin Hopkins, Eric Atencio, and Spencer Arrasmith. “Galaga’s Ghost” allows viewers to participate and collaborate in generating music and visuals in a vintage arcade-style format.

Galaga's Ghost 1 Galaga's Ghost 2

Galaga's Ghost, Sean Winters, Chase Stewart, Jiffer Harriman, Torin Hopkins, Eric Atencio, & Spencer Arrasmith, 2021 - photos by Priyanka Makin

“Bioluminescent Touch” by Mirela Alistar and Netta Ofer highlights living dinoflagellates. Viewers are invited to interact with the algae and see them illuminate creating a connection and intimacy between people and the microorganisms.

Here are a few more snippets from the exhibit:

Bytes of Humanity

Bytes of Humanity, Gail Folwell, 2021 - photos by Priyanka Makin

Musical Dot Orchestra

Musical Dot Orchestra, Matt Moore, 2021 - photos by Priyanka Makin

Listening Lanterns

Listening Lanterns, Jiffer Harriman with special thanks to the B.E.A.T. Interactive LED Workshop participants, 2021 - video by Priyanka Makin

The B.E.A.T. meetup, founded by Jiffer Harriman, fosters explorations at the intersection of the arts with technology and science. The goal of the group is to share work, find collaborations in the community and get inspired. Pre-pandemic, Jiffer hosted various open mics and technology workshops around the city. Throughout the pandemic, the Zoom open mics have kept me sane and engaged with people. This gathering of artists and technologists offers quite a bit of overlap between the CU Boulder crowd and, more specifically, people involved in the ATLAS Institute.

Interactive LED Workshop

Interactive LED Workshop at the Museum of Boulder, 2021

B.E.A.T. Open Mic

B.E.A.T. Open Mic signage

Jiffer is a creative technologist, musician and educator based in Boulder. He runs the B.E.A.T. meetup and curated the “Convivial Machines” show. He teaches and develops courses for ATLAS and creates interactive systems for music, sound, and visual arts as well as software, PCB and embedded system design -- exactly like what we do here at SparkFun! He put a lot of work and thought into this exhibit that served as a creative opportunity and an avenue for human connection amidst a pandemic. If you’re a local, be sure visit the Museum of Boulder in the next few months and see this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Nature Mobile

Nature Mobile in the Museum of Boulder window, Priyanka Makin, 2021 - photos by Priyanka Makin

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